The Zoo Animal Nursing Programme covers a variety of different species including marsupials, primates, cetaceans, giraffes, elephants and many other species of mammals and birds. This course encompasses:
• Anatomy & physiology
• Reproduction/Breeding and husbandry
• Restraint / Handling / Enclosure design / Management of zoo animals
• The Zoo industry (eg. IUCN, CITES, Legislation), conservation and reintroduction
• Preventative healthcare, common diseases and nursing care
Course material is available to students through a dedicated online Moodle platform.
Students are provided with comprehensive notes in PDF format and supporting materials – recorded lectures, discussion groups, recorded podcasts, a dedicated Facebook group and other online resources.
All coursework, supporting material and submission of assignments is carried out through Moodle.
On enrolling for any one of the courses, students will have access to a dedicated writing skills course, also on the online platform, provided by Girling & Fraser Ltd.
Formative assessment - Students undertake 5 multiple choice formative assessments whilst working through materials in the online platform. Access these at your own pace and retake if required, there to enable you to monitor your progress working through the course.
Summative assessment - In order to complete the programme students need to pass the end of programme assessment (also known as the final assessment). This takes the form of an essay (2000 words) and nursing care plan for a given scenario, which is submitted online. If not successful at the first attempt students are given detailed feedback and can resubmit.
Criteria for entry
The course is only open to qualified veterinary nurses / veterinary technicians.